Matthew Bourne’s stunning adaptation of Tim Burton’s, Edward Scissorhands, opened in Liverpool last night as part of its 2014/15 UK tour. First premiered a decade ago in 2005 this New Adventures tour will no doubt gain Bourne a new army of fans as his dancers sprinkle their magic on his much loved and utterly enthralling choreography.
Edward Scissorhands tells the tale of a young boy, created by a loving father who tragically passes away forcing Edward to flee his home to find comfort and shelter in the arms of suburbia in the form of The Bogg family. I’m sure you can imagine having scissors for hands doesn’t come without its obstacles so there’s plenty of action ahead as Edward tries his best to fit in with the good people of Hope Springs. Sadly appearances can be deceiving and soon Hope Springs’ welcoming arms become heavy with jealousy and resentment.
Dominic North’s performance as Edward is fabulous, soft and sensitive, kooky and kitsch, Bourne has decided to have some fun with the story and gives his cast great opportunities to inject some wonderful moments of humour into this enthralling production. North is expressive, captivating and totally gives us his all. The scenes where we see Edward (North) and Kim (Ashley Shaw) dance together are just beautiful, enchanting and spine-tinglingly tender. In fact the whole company are remarkable, each and every person on stage fully committed to delivering their part with passion and style, with impressively strong characterisation. Add to the mix Danny Elfman’s stunning score brought to life by the beautiful music of Terry Davies with outstanding set and costume design from Lez Brotherston and you’ve got the recipe for a complete feast for the senses.
Bourne has made an already much loved piece even more magical, it’s rare you see a whole audience leap to their feet in appreciation but I guarantee by the time the curtain falls you’ll be doing exactly the same.
Showing at the Liverpool Empire until 31st January